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She saw it coming. She knew it would happen―but no one believed her.

Almost a year after tragedy shattered her family, sixteen-year-old Paige Thomas can’t break free from her guilt. Her mother ignores her, doting on her annoying little sister, while her father is a barely-functioning shell. He hopes a move to the quiet little town of Shadesboro PA will help them heal, but Paige doesn’t believe in happiness anymore.

On her first day at school, a chance encounter with a bullied eighth grader reawakens a gift Paige had forgotten, and ingratiates her into a pack of local outcasts. For weeks, they’ve been trying to cast a ritual to fulfill their innermost desires, but all they’ve done is waste time. After witnessing Paige touch the Ouija board and trigger a paranormal event, the girls are convinced another try with their new fifth member will finally work.

Once the darkness is unleashed, it’s not long before they learn it will give them exactly what they asked for―whether they want it or not.

Genre: YA / Horror

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Nine Candles of Deepest Black by Matthew S. Cox

Nine Candles of Deepest Black

by Matthew S. Cox

Giveaway ends September 30, 2016.

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Next Release:


The Far Side of Promise Anthology

The Far Side of Promise is an anthology of short stories encompassing several genres. Ouroboros and Innocent Deception bring the reader into cyberpunk themed worlds, where things are not always as they appear to be. Into the Beneath follows Kirsten Wren (from the Division Zero series) on the night she ran away from home as a child.

The Tower and The Roommate delve into the genre of contemporary thriller, the first in the vein of The Twilight Zone, the latter a glimpse into the life of a man, the girl he loves, and the skeleton that lives in his closet.

A Queen’s Lament is a high fantasy tale of a lonely wife who regrets that one night’s indiscretion may doom her entire kingdom.

In One More Run, one man braves a post-apocalyptic wasteland in pursuit of his dream to no longer get shot at for a living.

Daughter of Mars, The Far Side of Promise, and A Ghost Among Fireflies leave Earth behind for deep space with science fiction stories of a battle for independence, a battle for real food, and an irresistible dream pulling a woman to a child that needs help.

(Release date – November 14, 2016.)


Current Goings On

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[9/15/2016] – Nine Candles of Deepest Black releases!

[9/10/2016] – Started on second self edit of The Harmony Paradox

[9/1/2016] – Pardon the long dearth in updates. I’d been engrossed in working on The Harmony Paradox, which is now finished (in draft) and off to beta readers. In other updates, Emma and the Silk Thieves is done with second round edits.

[8/8/2016] – The Hand of Raziel releases!

[8/7/2016] – Zero Rogue (Awakened #5) is back from the editor.

[8/5/2016] – Been working on THE HARMONY PARADOX – a sequel to Virtual Immortality. Also gearing up for the release of Hand of Raziel this Monday the 8th. Chapter One is now online to read.

[7/27/2016] – Emma and the Silk Thieves is back from first-round edits with Curiosity Quills. The editor seems to like it ^_^!

[7/22/2016] – I’ve completed an outline for a sequel to Virtual Immortality. This one looks like it’s going to be one of those books where it’ll take me months to come up with a title.

[7/18/2016] – Chiaroscuro release!

[7/17/2016] – Jotting down some notes for another two books in the Tales of Widowswood series. Also, Hand of Raziel is done with editing and on to proofs.

[7/10/2016] – Working on ideas for an as-yet-untitled book that would be a sequel to Virtual Immortality.

[7/7/2016] – Diving back in to Daughter of Ash (Awakened #4) for edit two.

[7/6/2016] – Proof done and sent back to CQ. The paperbacks of Chiaroscuro have arrived (somehow they beat the Grey Ronin paperbacks here, despite GR being ordered almost a week earlier.) /scratches head.

[7/5/2016] – Daughter of Ash is back from CQ after edit round 2.

[7/4/2016] – Proofreading Amy Spitzley’s Scrapbook of my Revolution for CQ in preparation for it’s re-release.

[7/2/2016] – Grey Ronin paperbacks are available on amazon! Also, started self-edit two on Dead Man’s Number (Roadhouse Chronicles 3) in prep to submit it to Curiosity Quills.

[6/26/2016] – Back from Utopia con (wow what a drive, lol). The cats are happy to see me. Taking a day to unwind with a newly arrived submission for the DF anthology.

[6/18/2016] – Dead Man’s Number goes to a beta reader. Whee!

[6/13/2016] – Release date switching – The Eldritch Heart is scheduled for release on July 10 2017, but Araphel (Daughter of Mars #2) moved to Aug 21 2017.

[6/11/2016] – Signed a publishing contract for my novel The Eldritch Heart with Curiosity Quills!

[6/2/2016] – Roadhouse Chronicles #3 (Dead Man’s Number) hits 97291 words. 25 chapters out of 38 done.

[5/24/2016] – Signed the contract with Curiosity Quills for The Dysfunctional Conspiracy, a non-fiction memoir I co-authored with Christopher Veltmann.

[5/23/2016] – Started drafting Dead Man’s Number.

[5/22/2016] – Finished an outline for the third book in the Roadhouse Chronicles series, “Dead Man’s Number.” Also, Grey Ronin sneaks onto Amazon a day early!

[5/17/2016] – Tinkering with the outline for book 3 in the Roadhouse Chronicles. Looking forward to the release of Grey Ronin next Monday!

[5/16/2016] – Sent the first edit pass of Araphel (Daughter of Mars 2) back to Curiosity Quills.

[5/14/2016] – Got the editor’s feedback on Araphel (Daughter of Mars 2) back from CQ.

[4/30/2016] – Signed a contract with Curiosity Quills to publish book 2 of the Tales of Widowswood series – Emma and the Silk Thieves!

[4/26/2016] – Took on an editing project for CQ. (This Above All)

[4/25/2016] – The Eldritch Heart is off to beta readers. Now the worst part of writing – waiting for the feedback to come in.

[4/22/2016] – Been busy awhile and neglecting updates… Currently working on The Eldritch Heart – a YA fantasy. Finished up the first draft of The Dysfunctional Conspiracy, which I’m co-authoring with Chris Veltmann, did some edits for CQ, and got into drafting. Lack of news here = throwing every darn minute at writing or writing-related things when I’m not at the day job. Anyway, back to it.

[4/7/2016] – Been working on a nonfiction project for CQ that I’m not sure how much I can discuss yet. Coming along nicely. About 172 pages in so far. Also, looking forward to hearing beta reader replies from Emma and the Silk Thieves.

[3/23/2016] – Signed a contract with Curiosity Quills to publish The Redeemed (Roadhouse Chronicles book 2)!

[3/22/2016] – Back to doing edits for CQ since drafting is finished.

[3/21/2016] – Emma and the silk thieves is done! 67k words. Off to some beta readers.

[3/17/2016] – Curiosity Quills has signed Division Zero: Guardian! (Book 4 of the series) /wootles. Also, added 7616 words to Emma and the Silk Thieves. (You may be thinking, hmm, that seems low – but I only took two days off work. For writing after the day job, that’s pretty close to my best record in a day.)

[3/16/2016] – Added 14304 words to Emma and the Silk Thieves. 7 of 30 chapters down.

[3/15/2016] – Started drafting on Emma and the Silk Thieves (Book 2 in the Tales of Widowswood series). Got off to a somewhat slow start as I had a beta read to finish for CQ first, added 7951 words today.

[3/12/2016] – Sent the post-proofread of Hand of Raziel back to CQ. It’s ready to go!

[3/11/2016] – The proofread back for Nine Candles of Deepest Black is ready for me to look at. It’s standing in line now…

[3/10/2016] – I’ve been tapped by CQ for an interesting-sounding project. Not sure what (if any details) I can mention now, so apologies for vague-blogging.

[3/9/2016] – Got the proofread of Hand of Raziel back. 🙂 Also finished outlining Emma 2, tentatively titled “Emma and the Silk Thieves.”

[3/8/2016] – In the early outlining stages for the next book in the “Emma” series, following the events of Emma & the Banderwigh.

[3/3/2016] – Did a proofread for CQ on Ann Noser’s upcoming sequel to How to Date Dead Guys. Also added a Roadhouse Chronicles page here for the series and added book 2 (The Redeemed) to Goodreads. (Be lovely to see people adding to their want-to-read pile – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29407776-the-redeemed)

[2/29/16] – Got One More Run back from CQ’s editor for pass two. Minimal changes, sent it back to go into proofreading. Also heard that Nine Candles is in proof.

[2/27/16] – In the midst of editing a steampunk anthology for Curiosity quills.

[2/24/16] – Nine Candles is on its way back to CQ for proofreading after edit round 2.

[2/15/16] – One More Run finished with edit round one. Back to CQ it goes!